...But, the test gave my doctors a chance to look beyond simple blood cell counts and hemoglobin levels to determine the current state of my recovery. A few minutes ago, they called with the results of the test.
All clean, no leukemia anywhere to be found.
What happens when a veteran baseball beat writer and a statistically inclined blogger get into a heated discussion on Twitter over the Hall of Fame voting?
Selig, who took over as acting commissioner in 1992 (his official title until 1998 was "Chairman of the Major League Executive Council"), is already the second-longest serving commissioner in history at 20 years, behind only Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis (who served 24 years until his death in 1944). Selig will turn 78 in July; about a week after that he'll pass Landis as the oldest man to serve as commissioner.
i love the folks who never saw jack morris pitch who are certain he isnt hall of famer bec their stat guru said so
There's been a great deal of talk this winter about Adam Jones becoming an Atlanta Brave. Names have been floated and everything. Jair Jurrjens. Martín Prado. Pretty good players, already. For his part, Prado's just two years older than Jones, has better career statistics, and is more versatile.
Still, the Orioles -- and new general manager Dan Duquette -- have reportedly spurned such a package.
Just what sort of predictive value do Venezuelan winter league numbers have?
So between the two, Longo has provided $53.7M more than Cano in surplus value. Is it even possible for Cano to make up that difference during their current contracts? Let’s lay out the most favorable scenario for Cano’s case. Let’s say that Longo suddenly becomes a replacement level player and produces 0 WAR for the next two seasons. We’ve already found that even in that scenario, Longo has still created a surplus value of $90.1M. So what it take for Cano to make up the difference in his two option years?
Now, is a caught looking strikeout somehow worse (or better) than a swinging strikeout? Well, this is what we have to research. What if most swinging strikeouts are on pitches outside the strikezone? I have more faith in Tony Gwynn having a strikeout swinging than Andres Galarraga. That is, a Tony Gwynn strikeout swinging is a better than for Big Cat, in terms of what it tells us about the hitters. Indeed, maybe Big Cat needs to have more caught looking strikeouts, because he swings at so many pitches outside the strikezone with two strikes.
Jackson: We [the Oakland teams of the 70's] were young and full of testosterone. Fights were so common in that club house that we'd just deal the cards and keep playing, unless it was your turn to break it up. But everyone made up after wards. I don't think it ever undermined what we were trying to do on the field. If anything. we were united in our anger towards Finley.
Gibson: It is far more important to respect one another than like each other. It would be nice if everyone was everyone's pal, but for whatever reason – jealousy or what have you – that just doesn't happen.
Jackson: There's always going to be some jealousy of the superstars. That's life. The sociology of what goes on inside a baseball team is very similar to what goes on inside society. There are good people and there are bad people. There are agreeable people and disagreeable people. There are people who are admirers and people who are jealous. It's not extraordinary to have jealousy and resentment within a group of twenty-five competitive men who are all compensated differently.
That said, I do think it's rare to see real animosity inside a clubhouse. If there is some, you still have a job that you're paid to do. There's still a responsibility to be a professional about your work.
You earn respect by the way you play. You have to play hard. That's something I thought was easy to do. I wasn't really concerned about whether you liked me or disliked me, but you were going to respect me. You were going to respect the way I played the game
Gibson: Too much is made of camaraderie and chemistry and all that stuff. I don't need a teammate that I love. Give me one who can play.
This is a tough call for teams. Kuroda appears to be the kind of guy who could pitch effectively until he's 40. But when pitchers get to the age Kuroda will be in 2012, teams get leery. He's probably a better fit for a club like Arizona or Boston, a team that could use one more starter to get them "over the top", than the Cubs, who likely have a longer way to go before contention.